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Old February 12, 2018, 00:58   #1
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Clusters of rod/staff fails

This was discussed in the 90s, but it still seems to be relevant today.

If you use a rod or staff which fails on the first attempt it seems more likely to fail on the second and subsequent attempts than the failure chance would imply.

So you have this rod with a 15% failure rate, and you zap it because you can't see a damn thing because you are blinded but the bloood pouring into your eyes from the deep gash which is seeping poison, and a little curing never hurt anyone.

You fail to zap the rod properly. OK fine, I still have some HP I can survive another hit
You fail to zap the rod properly.
You fail to zap the rod properly.
You fail to zap the rod properly.
You die.

Then there'll be 12 times in a row where it will work as advertised.

Has anyone else noticed this? Or is it confirmation bias?
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